Naharlagun, June 4: Arunachal Pradesh mourns the loss of Former Minister Kardu Taipodia, who breathed his last today. Taipodia, a revered political leader known for his selfless service and unwavering commitment to the welfare of his constituency and the state, passed away after a prolonged illness.
Born on December 31, 1942, in the tranquil village of Ripo, Kardu Taipodia was the son of Late Lenkar Taipodia and Late Yajum Olnl Taipodia. Throughout his life, he demonstrated remarkable leadership qualities and a deep sense of responsibility towards society.
Kardu Taipodia’s political journey began at an early age. He was an active social activist during his school and college days. He served as a member of the Akhil Bharat Vidyalaya Parishad from 1964 to 1969. In subsequent years, he held several key positions, including President of the Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress Committee from 1976 to 1985 and Chairman of the North East Youth Coordination Committee from 1985 to 1989.
His dedication to public service led him to become a General Secretary-cum-AICC Member from 1989 to 1994. Taipodia also represented India as a delegate at the Moscow Olympic Games in 1980 and the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984.
Locally, he served as the Vice-President of Likabali-Gensi Anchal Samity from 1974 to 1979 and as the Vice-President of the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) from 1994 to 1998. Taipodia’s political career included successful runs as a Congress candidate for the MLA seat in undivided Constituency, Aalo in 1984 and for the 28-Likabali Assembly constituency in 1989 and 1994-1999. His notable achievements during his tenure as an MLA included his induction as a cabinet Minister, where he oversaw portfolios such as Tax & Excise, Transport, and Rural Development.
In 1999, Taipodia contested as an NCP MLA Candidate and later ran for the MP seat from the Western Parliament in 2004 as a member of the Samajwadi Party.
Upon hearing the news of Kardu Taipodia’s passing, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu expressed his deep sorrow and condolences. CM Khandu acknowledged Taipodia’s significant contributions to society and his unwavering commitment to the people of his constituency, 28 Likabali.
APCC president and Sagalee MLA Nabam Tuki also condoled the demise of Taipodia.
Kardu Taipodia’s demise leaves a void in Arunachal Pradesh’s political landscape, but his legacy of service and dedication will continue to inspire generations to come.
His funeral service will be performed tomorrow on June 5 at his residence.